Privilege amongst the privileged; discussing “the terms” at Lehigh University

Reposted from The Brown and White:

While pursuing the humanities and social science sections of any library, you’re likely to come across a laundry list of politically-charged and contested terms: white privilege, male privilege, the gender gap, heteronormativity, rape culture, American exceptionalism and first world problems.

Well, okay, maybe not that last one.

These highbrow phrases – coined by sociologists, historians, social commentators and the like — have driven many intellectual discussions on the state of equality in our contemporary world. But what place, if any, do they have in our lives on campus?

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What place do you think these conversations have on college campuses? Do they have a place? Should it just be amongst students, one on one or in small groups in the cafeteria? Are support/student activity groups necessary? What about the administration–where does their responsibility lay in addressing these terms and the social issues they were created to discuss? Comment below.


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